Department of Permits & Inspections
City Hall Building
801 Crawford St, 4th floor
Portsmouth, VA. 23704
Emergency after hours assistance please call
Department of Permits &
you have questions or wish to complain about a specific property
staff at (757) 393-8522 or fax(757) 393-5108
Chapter 23 of the City Code requires the property owner to cut the weeds and grass on his/her property. This is to include the area between the sidewalk and the street and the ditches. The city code states it to be unlawful and constitutes a nuisance for the owner or occupant to permit weeds to grow to a height exceeding ten (10) inches. When an inspector observes a property in violation of the ordinance, he/she will send a courtesy notice to the property owner asking for the grass to be cut within seven (7) days.
If the owner fails to cut the grass after a courtesy notice is sent, then the inspector will send a Notice of Violation. If the owner fails to cut the grass after a Notice of Violation the inspector can use the services of one of several contractors on the City's bid list to cut the grass. All charges are then billed back to the owner in the form of a lien against the property. In addition to the actual charge of cutting the weeds and grass an administrative fee of $150.00 will be added to the bill. Only one courtesy notice or Notice of Violation per calendar year will be issued. After a notice is issued if at any time the grass is discovered to be over 10 inches the city will contract the grass to be cut be a private contractor.